Support for All the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders

Dear Postdocs,

We express our support as SURPAS for all the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders who are affected by historical and continued systemic racism, oppression, and aggression. The recent tragic events in Atlanta are part of a disturbing rise in violence and discrimination towards Asian communities that sadden and anger us. As members of the postdoctoral community, we stand in solidarity with all communities of color against racism in all its forms. We recognize the pain and frustration the violence against the Asian community has caused, and we want you to know that you are not alone.

Racism is a deeply seeded issue in our society. So many of us experience multiple racial injustices and have experienced them for years. We have to be cognizant of these experiences and aware of the role we play. SURPAS will continue to provide an inclusive environment for all. As members of the postdoctoral community, we are actively and openly opposed to biases in all forms – those rooted in race, skin color, ethnicity, religious affiliation, economic status, gender, sexuality, political status, ability and medical/health status.

We commit to redoubling our efforts to use our intellectual resources to participate in a much-needed and long-overdue period of listening and learning from one another. We will be holding a listening session for the AAPI community during our March 31st SURPAS Council Meeting for voicing concerns or messages of support. We will also be focusing our next ‘Someone Like Me’ Mentoring session on supporting the AAPI community. See the upcoming events section of our website<> for further information on joining these events.

You can reach out to SURPAS here<> or through our slack channel<> for support. There are also several support services on campus through the Office of Graduate Education listed below.

Care and Healing

Education and Reporting

Additional Security Steps